The Old Familiar Places

Mike Glennon is not a good quarterback, but at least he’s not Jay Cutler. Mike Glennon can’t extend plays with his legs, but at least he’s a nice guy. Mike Glennon can’t go through progressions with his targets, but at least he doesn’t have a punchy-face. Mike Glennon misses open receivers, but at least he…

Butt of the Joke

The other day, my morning began with the usual firing up of my computer, opening TweetDeck, and seeing what the world is up to.  Typically there is little new or exciting going on, but on that particular morning, I was treated to an extremely unusual sight:  A photo of a naked Jay Cutler staring out…

Requiem For a Dream

I wish I had something new to tell you about Jay Cutler.  Something unique or insightful or moving that would make some remember him better or convince others that it wasn’t his fault that things failed here in Chicago.  But I don’t have those words, and I can’t honestly say Jay wasn’t partially to blame….

I hate Aaron Rodgers.

The title pretty much sums it up.  I hate this guy. I hate him because I’m jealous.  I’m jealous of the Green Bay Packers for having a guy this talented fall into their laps late in the 2005 NFL Draft; I’m jealous because he’s gone 33-19 against the NFC North with a ridiculous 111-21 touchdown-to-interception…

Who Will Pay the Butcher’s Bill?

In 2002, the Chicago Bears were coming off of a magical season.  A fiery young defense led by burgeoning star Brian Urlacher made countless exciting plays.  The offense, led by the sturdy churning of NFC Rookie of the Year Anthony Thomas and the veteran savvy of Jim Miller did their part in what was an…

Next Man Up

In a rare and wonderful piece by Dan Pompei of The Athletic, Bears matriarch Virginia McCaskey granted a very insightful interview that every Bears fan should read. The name “McCaskey” has elicited groans by mere mention for decades now, and is often uttered in a demeaning way, slicing crassly off the tongue with all the…

The Council of the Cutler

(Scene:  In a large Halas Hall conference room, George McCaskey has gathered together those he feels are responsible for quarterback Jay Cutler’s dismal career.  Among them are Adam Gase, Lovie Smith, Ron Turner, Mike Martz, Mike Tice, Phil Emery, Marc Trestman, Aaron Kromer, John Fox, Dowell Loggains, & Ryan Pace.) GEORGE:  Strangers from distant franchises,…

Pay No Attention To The Men Behind The Curtain

Sunday was a good day. I woke up refreshed after a good night’s sleep, secure in the knowledge that the Cubs had defied 71 years of “curses” to earn a chance at a title in baseball’s World Series.  My back, arms, and neck, sore from a long, exhausting week of doing some work conference type…

The 5 Variations of Bear Fan Emotion After a Loss

Being a Bears fan for 16 years now, I can utterly sympathize with the way the team has let its fans down.  Even the 1985 team winning a title is bittersweet for many, as the core of talent that won that championship likely was capable of winning at least another couple Lombardi trophies.  Perhaps that…

The Bleak & Desperate Voyage of the Goodship McCaskey

I grab a rope to steady myself as the spray of salt water stings my face.  The murky, acrid waters swirl and froth, splashing against the moldering, fuzzy sides of our vessel.  The orange, faded sun lurks in the gloomy sky somewhere, sending just enough light through the seemingly eternal clouds to illuminate an ocean…